Afterlives of Empire, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, 21-22 settembre 2023

Ecco il programma del convegno Afterlives of Empire, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, 21-22 settembre 2023 (solo in presenza)
Thursday, 21 September 2023
9.00 Registration
10.00 Opening remarks (room 105)
Camilla Miglio (Head of SEAI, Sapienza Università di Roma) and Riccardo Capoferro (Sapienza Università di Roma)
10.15 – 11.15
Keynote lecture I – Room 105
Chair: Riccardo Capoferro (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester), Country Walks through Colonial Britain during the Culture War
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break (room 204, 2nd floor)
11.45 – 13.15
Parallel sessions I
Room 105
Panel 1 – Empire Lost, Empire Regained?
Chair: Andrea Peghinelli (Sapienza)
Caroline Gondaud (MEAE), L’Union européenne et les imaginaires impériaux
Katharina Clausius (Université de Montréal) & Claudia Clausius (King’s University College/Western), Imperial Music in the Republican Press: National(ist) Icons in Interwar Austria
Valerio Cordiner (Sapienza Università di Roma), Vestiges de l’Empire. De la Françafrique à la Françamérique
Room 107
Panel 2 – Visions of India
Chair: Asia Battiloro (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Arnab Das (Indian Institute of Technology Madras), Spectres of a Colonial Narco-State: 19th-Century Opium Trade and Its Postimperial Afterlives in Contemporary Indian Fiction
Rocío G. Davis (University of Navarra), Romancing the Empire: M. M. Kaye’s Memoir and Novels as Imperial Validation
Christiane Schlote (University of Basel), Commemorating Care: Indian Ayahs and Emotional Imperialism
Room 110
Panel 3 – Cultural Geographies
Chair: Paolo D’Indinosante (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Katherine Baxter (Northumbria University), Desertification
María Fernández Díaz (University of Oviedo), Necropolitics and Colonial State Violence in Nadifa Mohamed’s The Fortune Men (2021)
Lamia Mecheri (Université d’Annaba), Avatar 2 : La Voie de l’eau de James Cameron, un film (néo) impérialiste ?
13.15 – 14.45 Lunch (caffetteria, 1st floor)
14.45 – 16.45
Parallel sessions II
Room 105
Panel 4 – Fascism and Post-Fascism
Chair: Umberto Rossi (Independent Scholar)
Franco Baldasso (Bard College, NY), Postcards from the Empire: The Long Journey through Fascism
Claudia Sbuttoni (University of New Hampshire), Postwar Italy’s Refugee Re-Housing Projects: Urban Peripheries as Extension of Empire
Kerry Gibbons (University of Warwick), Colonial Re-Imaginations: The Liberal Colony as a Narrative Setting in the Fascist-Era ‘Romanzo Coloniale’
Federico C. Simonelli (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), The Bard of Submerged Imperialism: D’Annunzio and Nationalist Ideology in the Italian Imaginary after the Second World War
Room 107
Panel 5 – Post-Imperial Portrayals in Cinema and Television
Chair: Luca Valleriani (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Teresa Sorolla & Víctor Mínguez (Universitat Jaume I), Afterlife of Queen Victoria in Cinema: Victoria & Abdul (Stephen Frears, 2017)
Roxana Elena Doncu (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy), Prince and Pauper: The British Monarchy, Their Imagined Transylvanian Roots and Imperial Nostalgia in Wild Carpathia
Emiel Martens (University of Amsterdam & Erasmus University Rotterdam), Welcome to Paradise Island: The Interwoven History of Film, Tourism and Empire in Jamaica, 1891–1951
Room 110
Panel 6 – Old and New Landscapes
Chair: Katherine Baxter (Northumbria University)
Mary Booth (University of Liverpool), Strategic Ambiguity: The Continued Influence of Empire and the Interpretive Evolution of Historic Houses in the United Kingdom
Elizabeth Dillenburg (The Ohio State University at Newark), The Ozymandias of Delhi: Coronation Park and the Negotiation of Colonial Legacies in India
Sean Ketteringham (University of Oxford), Enduring Coloniality: Georgian Heritage and Angus Acworth in the West Indies
Leo Kadokura (University of Oxford), Distant Chimeras: The After-Effects of John Galsworthy and the Edwardian Novel
16.45 – 17.15 Coffee break (room 204, 2dn floor)
17.15 – 19.15
Parallel sessions III
Room 105
Panel 7 – Displaying Empire
Chair: Franco Baldasso (Bard College, NY)
Jeremy Walton (University of Rijeka), Between Inter-Imperial Violence and Inter-National Peace: A View from the Military Museums of Vienna and Istanbul
Andrea Potts (The University of Brighton), The Afterlives of Imperialism: Public Engagement with Museum Exhibitions
Briony Widdis & Emma Reisz (Queen’s University Belfast), Collecting Ambiguity: Material Objects and the Afterlives of Empire in Northern Ireland
Rebekah Hodgkinson (University of Oxford), Constructing the Past in the Present: The National Trust and British Colonialism
Room 107
Panel 8 – Multimedial Empires
Chair: Tiziano De Marino (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Oded Feuerstein (Tel Aviv University), ‘I understand colonialism now and it terrifies me’: Ludic Imperialism and Victoria 3
Paolo D’Indinosante (Sapienza Università di Roma), The Afterlife of Colonial Fiction in The Secret Games Company’s Kim
Judith Neder (Technische Universität Dresden), Challenging Fundamentalism: Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints
Room 110
Panel 9 – Fiction and Colonial Memory
Chair: Alessandra Crotti (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Nicoletta Brazzelli (Università degli Studi di Milano), The Poetics of Memory in Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Eri Kobayashi (Seikei University), Memories of Empire in Caryl Phillips’s Novels
Emma Parker (University of Bristol), The Baggage of Empire: Objects, Memory, and Colonial Whiteness in J. G. Ballard’s and Doris Lessing’s Life Writing
Carmen Zamorano Llena (Dalarna University), Listening to the Precariousness of Post-Imperial Memory in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Afterlives
Friday, 22 September 2023
10.00 – 11.00
Keynote lecture II – Room 105
Chair: Irene Ranzato (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Pablo Mukherjee (University of Oxford), Ghosts in the Machine: Famines and Afterlives of Empire
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break (room 204, 2nd floor)
11.30 – 13.00
Parallel sessions IV
Room 105
Panel 10 – Postcolonial Histories and Nation Building
Chair: Paolo D’Indinosante (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud (University of Iceland), New Friendships and Old Ties: Post-Colonial Relations between Iceland and Greenland
Skirmantė Biržietienė & Eglė Gabrėnaitė (Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty), The Concept of Empire in Contemporary Lithuanian Public Discourse: A Corpus-Based Research
Karl Hele (Mount Allison University), Anishinaabeg Countering Settler Imperial-Colonial Narratives through Performance, c. 1900 to Present
Room 107
Panel 11 – Gender, Memory, Empire
Chair: Caterina Romeo (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Noreen Kane (University College Cork), Intergenerational Memory in the Novels of Maaza Mengiste
Nicole Fluhr (Southern Connecticut State University), Revision and/as Revolt: Tackling Empire’s Literary Legacies in Marlon James’ The Book of Night Women
Giovanna Buonanno (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Afterlives of Empire in Contemporary Black British Women’s Plays: Janice Okoh’s The Gift (2020)
Room 110
Panel 12 – Post-Imperial Myths
Chair: Caroline Patey (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Eitan Bar-Yosef (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Balfour, Banksy, Brexit: The Balfour Declaration Centenary in Britain, November 2017
Effie Yiannopoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Empire and World War Two in Olivia Manning’s The Levant Trilogy
Dominic Davies (City, University of London), Infrastructure after Empire: The Cultural Politics of ‘Levelling Up’
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch (caffetteria, 1st floor)
14.30 – 16.30
Parallel sessions V
Room 105
Panel 13 – Ireland, Scotland and the Imperial Enterprise
Chair: Federica Perazzini (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Elena Ogliari (Università del Piemonte Orientale), The Legacy of the Empire as a Pandora’s Box in Today’s Irish Society and Culture
David Clark (University of A Coruña), ‘A failed Byron’? The Birth of the Spy Novel and the Relationship between Ireland and the British Empire
Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir (University of Iceland), Deadly Chauvinism and Damaging Imperial Legacies: Representations of the Arctic Venture in Scottish Literature
Cristina Riaño Alonso (Independent Scholar), Agents of Empire: Narrating the Scottish Experience in Accra
Room 107
Panel 14 – Construction and Deconstruction of Race
Chair: Irene Ranzato (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Brett M. Bebber (Old Dominion University), Assessing Empire and Its Legacy: Visions of Imperial History and Race Relations Work in Britain
Benjamin Bland (University of Reading), The Afterlives of Imperial Musicology: ‘Race’ and Musical Criticism in Britain after Empire
Ayşe Ece Cavcav (Çankaya University), ‘Whiteness that could no longer be seen’: Mohsin Hamid’s Deconstruction and Subversion of Race and Racist Discourses in The Last White Man
Ashok Malhotra (Queen’s University Belfast), Guy Wrench’s The Wheel of Health (1938) and Its Influence on Organic and Lifestyle Movements
Room 110
Panel 15 – Education after Empire
Chair: Riccardo Capoferro (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Aghogho Akpome (University of Zululand), Colonial Afterlives and Decolonisation in an ‘African’ University
Eva Crowson (University of British Columbia), A Critical Examination of the Afterlives of Empire in English Higher Education
Teresa Gibert (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), Post-Imperial Discourses and Counterdiscourses in Margaret Atwood’s Fiction
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break (room 204, 2nd floor)
17.00 – 18.30
Parallel sessions VI
Room 105
Panel 16 – American Empires
Chair: Hal Coase (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Manuel López Forjas (Sapienza), In the Lion’s Den: The Mexican Writer Andrés Iduarte and His Criticism of Imperial Hegemony of Spain and the USA
Jessica Maucione (Gonzaga University), The Noncontiguous US Imperial Frontier and Trans-Indigenous Literary Sovereignty in Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues and Velma Wallis’s Two Old Women
Angela Mullis (Rutgers University), Decolonizing Histories in LeAnne Howe’s Shell Shaker
Room 107
Panel 17 – Germany and the Imperial Scene
Chair: Asia Battiloro (Sapienza Università di Roma)
Gabriele Guerra (Sapienza), From the German Century to the American Century: Post-Imperial and Post-Narrative Strategies in Christian Kracht’s Imperium (2012)
Dorothea Fischer-Hornung (Heidelberg University), August Engelhardt: ‘Cocovores’, the ‘Vegetal Likeness of God’ and ‘Death by Coconut’ in Imperial German New Guinea
Umberto Rossi (Independent Scholar), The Preterite Empire: German Colonialism in Pynchon and Gurnah
18.30 Final remarks (room 105)
Franco Baldasso (Bard College, NY), Riccardo Capoferro (Sapienza Università di Roma), Valerio Cordiner (Sapienza Università di Roma)
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